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Results 1301–1320 of 1398 for speaker:Lord Barwell

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — Disability Allowance (30 Nov 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I will come on to that exact point about this decision. As a Government Back Bencher, I ask myself a question when I look at each of these issues as they emerge: is there a justification for the decision that is being made? I think that the Government have a case. As I understand it, it is that there is a degree of double-counting in respect of this money and that, legally, local authority...

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — Disability Allowance (30 Nov 2010)

Gavin Barwell: My hon. Friend leads me very nimbly on to the second point that I wish to make. We cannot say that everybody is in the same situation. Opposition Members have made points about the pressure on local authority budgets. Indeed, my own local authority has seen a real-terms cut in funding during the last five years. At that time, to be fair, the Labour Government were providing extra resource to...

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — Disability Allowance (30 Nov 2010)

Gavin Barwell: To what extent does the hon. Lady believe that local authority care contracts should take account of the needs that she mentions? She makes a precise distinction between medical needs and wider social needs, but all Members here today would agree that those needs are equally important. To what extent should local authority care contracts take account of them?

Business of the House: Rail Investment (25 Nov 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I warmly welcome the decision to proceed with the entire Thameslink programme, including the vital redevelopment of London Bridge-and the news that that will be done in a way that does not disrupt commuter services in south London. There is also the additional rolling stock for Thameslink, which should have a knock-on benefit for Southern passengers. It would be greedy to ask for more in this...

Business of the House (25 Nov 2010)

Gavin Barwell: Yesterday, when responding to questions about the education White Paper, the shadow Secretary of State for Education suggested that many young people could not be expected to obtain five C-grade GCSE passes in academic subjects. May we have a debate on the depressing poverty of ambition that affects Members in many parts of the House and our education establishments?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Schools White Paper (24 Nov 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I welcome the White Paper's focus on the fundamental importance of the quality of teaching. My right hon. Friend spoke about what the Government will be doing to recruit the best and to improve teacher training. Will he say a bit more about what the White Paper has to offer existing teachers in my constituency and throughout the country in terms of continuing professional development and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Controlling Migration (23 Nov 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I thank my right hon. Friend for her statement, which will be welcomed in my constituency by people of all backgrounds and political persuasions. In particular, I welcome the exemption for wealth creators and the re-focusing of tier 1 on eminent scientists. Will she tell the House a little more about how the 1,000 limit will work?

Backbench Business — [9th allotted day]: Immigration (18 Nov 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I, too, congratulate the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr Field), my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Sussex (Nicholas Soames) and the Backbench Business Committee on securing the debate. Many of my constituents, including many in black and minority ethnic communities, are highly concerned about current immigration levels. It is essential that their concerns are addressed on the Floor of...

Backbench Business — [9th allotted day]: Immigration (18 Nov 2010)

Gavin Barwell: The shadow Minister nods, but under his Government, and under this Government, we have not yet made the case to the Home Office that Croydon council tax payers should not be asked to shoulder the cost of a national obligation. The Minister will no doubt respond that because of the work he is doing, which I entirely applaud, the numbers of such people have been reducing. However, this involves...

Backbench Business — [9th allotted day]: Immigration (18 Nov 2010)

Gavin Barwell: The shadow Minister nods again, but we were not able to convince the previous Government of that case. I believe that the reason the Home Office took the decision to close the office in Liverpool was to make it difficult for people to claim. I am all in favour of making the process quicker and certainly in favour of making it much more accurate, so that we do not have such a large number of...

Backbench Business — [9th allotted day]: Immigration (18 Nov 2010)

Gavin Barwell: Will the hon. Gentleman accept that although the previous Government took those steps, we are not in anything like a perfect position at the moment? A number of my constituents are still waiting for decisions that predate 2007-08. I entirely acknowledge that some steps were taken but will he acknowledge that the problem has not yet been solved?

Science Research — [Annette Brooke in the Chair] (10 Nov 2010)

Gavin Barwell: Thank you for those clear instructions, Mrs Brooke. I will watch the clock carefully. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Oxford West and Abingdon (Nicola Blackwood) on her excellent opening speech, and all hon. and right hon. Members who have spoken in this high-quality debate. I start by declaring a personal interest: I am a science graduate. I studied theoretical physics at...

Science Research — [Annette Brooke in the Chair] (10 Nov 2010)

Gavin Barwell: My hon. Friend makes an important point to which I am sure that the Minister will respond. My point is that the Science and Technology Facilities Council has a high dependency on capital funding. If we do not have clarity on that matter, there is the danger that we will see significant cuts in the general grant spend. Its dependence on capital is higher than that of other councils. Although...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Higher Education Funding (3 Nov 2010)

Gavin Barwell: Croydon college has recently started offering degrees from the university of Sussex. Does my right hon. Friend agree that there is huge potential for a much more diverse higher education sector in which people can study degrees from our top universities closer to home, potentially over two years rather than three?

Written Answers — Health: HIV Infection: Older People (26 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has plans to improve the treatment of older people who are living with HIV/AIDS.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Ovarian Cancer (25 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the five-year survival rate from ovarian cancer was in the latest period for which figures are available.

Written Answers — Health: Radiotherapy (25 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of NHS patients who receive radiotherapy were treated with IMRT or GRT in the latest period for which figures are available.

Police Terms and Conditions of Service (Redundancy): Clause 9 — Number and distribution of seats (20 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I want to start by agreeing with the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent Central (Tristram Hunt) who, unfortunately, has left the Chamber. He made the point that there is an irony in the positions that the different parties are taking. The Conservative party is making the progressive argument for greater electoral equality, while Labour is arguing the case for greater adherence to traditional...

Police Terms and Conditions of Service (Redundancy): Clause 9 — Number and distribution of seats (20 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I shall make some progress. I recognise that the coalition has proposed a slightly different figure, but it still represents a reduction and I am happy to support it. The second argument that has been advanced relates to whether we should have a fixed number of seats. We have heard a great deal of enthusiasm for the current rules, although I am not sure how many Members have read them. As I...


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